Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas Indicted On Federal Charges Alleging Corruption

Prosecutors contend a Ridley-Thomas relative received substantial benefits from the university in exchange for Ridley-Thomas supporting county contracts and lucrative contract amendments with the university while he served on the county board.

Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas Indicted On Federal Charges Alleging Corruption

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –  Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and the former dean of USC’s School of Social Work have been indicted on federal corruption charges alleging a bribery scheme stemming from Ridley-Thomas’ time serving on the county Board of Supervisors, prosecutors announced today.

Prosecutors contend a Ridley-Thomas relative received substantial benefits from the university in exchange for Ridley-Thomas supporting county contracts and lucrative contract amendments with the university while he served on the county board.

The 20-count indictment filed in Los Angeles federal court alleges that Ridley-Thomas conspired with Marilyn Louise Flynn to provide the relative with graduate school admission, a full-tuition scholarship, a paid professorship, and a mechanism to funnel Ridley-Thomas campaign funds through the university to a nonprofit to be operated by the relative.

Fellow City Councilman Joe Buscaino, who is also running for Mayor of LA, has called for Ridley-Thomas to step down in light of the announced federal charges.

Busciano tweeted, “I am shocked, saddened, and disgusted by the Federal bribery charges against Mark Ridley-Thomas. These charges tarnish the reputation of the entire LA City Council, and because of that, Ridley-Thomas should immediately step down from his position.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, also weighed in on the federal charges, tweeting, “This is why a Public Corruption Unit must exist outside of the influence of the @LACountyBOS.”

 

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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Protestors Call For Change Following Huntington Beach Oil Spill

Protestors opposed to offshore drilling met outside of Rep. Michelle Steel's offices yesterday in response to the massive oil spill off the coast of California.

Protestors Call For Change Following Huntington Beach Oil Spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – Almost two weeks after the underwater pipeline leak, which caused a massive oil spill along the coast of California, local residents are still suffering from the after-effects. Beaches reopened this week for the first time since the spill occurred on October 2.

Members of various groups that oppose both the continued offshore drilling and the passage of infrastructure bills that are currently being debated in Congress met outside of Rep. Michelle Steel’s offices Tuesday morning.

Many of the protestors held signs in support of the Build Back Better Act, which aims to provide funding for a wide range of areas including but not limited to the National Forest System, education, weatherization projects, wildfire prevention and climate change research.

Protestors claim that Rep. Steel has a history of voting against the infrastructure bills and has collected money from offshore oil companies in the past.

Rep. Steel and her office released a statement in response:

She is focused on practical solutions that will have an immediate impact on safety. She supports and continues championing efforts to protect our coastline.

Most recently Rep. Steel has introduced legislation that would ban cargo ships from anchoring within 24 nautical miles (or about 27 miles) off the Orange County coast.

Cities have taken initiative after the spill, offering free decontamination stations for oil-covered boats, with some volunteers joining the clean up effort. On the other hand, some local small businesses have resorted to opening lawsuits against Amply Energy, the owner of the pipeline, claiming that their businesses have taken a major hit in the time since the leak was made apparent to the public.

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